google antitrust filing thread from @email@example.com
RT Lock (with permission):
Ok so, I just read through all 173 pages of the unredacted Google antitrust filing and I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we'll find out which.
Unordered list of fun things I learned:
- google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out
- google appears to have a team called gTrade that is wholly dedicated to ad market manipulation
- Google had a plan called "Project NERA" to turn the web into a walled garden they called "Not Owned But Operated". A core component of this was the forced logins to the chrome browser you've probably experienced (surprise!)
- Google is willing to do almost everything to prevent people from circumventing their ad exchanges
- This is what AMP is about
- Google habitually insider trades on their ad exchanges in every way you can think of and every way you can't. Too many ways to list here.
- The exchanges are also rigged so that google wins on bids where they aren't the highest bidder.
- A large amount of people inside google are aware of all of this
- If Google ever tells you some change will increase your ad yield, run. In fact anything they tell you is a lie
- Google has worked with Facebook and Microsoft to discourage them from increasing user privacy, lamenting occasions where they prioritized their reputation over their collective business interest
You can read the full unredacted document for yourself here:
Opting Out of TurnItIn
The web service TurnItIn is a "plagiarism detector". Lots of universities use it to assess whether their students are copy-n-pasting content which they haven't written.
I'm not a big fan of it. First, I'll explain how to opt-out your websites. Then I'll explain why I don't like the service.
Block Their Robot
TurnItIn scans the web and records everything on your websit
So Apple built a surveillance network that can be used to track unsuspecting people by attaching tiny beacons to them, and someone put an Android App on #fdroid that finds out if this is happening to you.
You literally can't make this stuff up.
Saw a heavy duty pickup truck yesterday when I was driving home. It had business logos and a slogan on the doors and tailgate. Didn't think much of it until the logo caught my eye and I looked again:
"Our Business is life itself..."
I chuckled at the cleverness and willingness to spent that kind of money.
> By the time I woke up, she was excited thinking I’d decided to quit Facebook. She had downloaded all of her data and was ready to quit too. She’s always been the smartest person in the house.
So I have a new #android 11 phone (pixel) and have an issue with clock+ on the #fdroid store. The timer doesn't seem to alarm when the app doesn't have focus. It worked fine on my previous phone, so I don't think it is the app.
I've messed with the permissions of notifications in settings, but the only thing which happened was it alarmed one time then stopped working. Not sure how to fix it.
In case you weren’t aware, here’s one of the many ways unregulated electronics bought online can be dangerous. A regulation Australian IEC cable must have 3x 0.75mm²+ double-insulated stranded copper conductors. This cable appears to meet that requirement at first glance — it’s marked that way on the outside, and cutting in, the PVC colours are wrong but otherwise appear okay.
But then, scrape some of the copper, and it suddenly turns silver. It’s CCA, or Copper-Clad Aluminium. A sneaky and cheap but worse conductor. The aluminium holds up much worse to corrosion and bending, and will crumble to powder inside the cables over time. Through this process it will increase its resistance, turning into a fire-starter. Very dangerous and invisible without destroying the cable to examine it. #safety #psa
"We have created a head implant to interface you to the internet, free for all. You can not only view web pages, video, and email, you can also enter a fully immersive VR environment. Just don't let ad men take it over, or your suffering will be legendary."
Society didn't listen to the warning, and the suffering was legendary.
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